PhD in Environmental Policy and Human Dimensions


Department of Environmental Conservation
160 Holdsworth Way, Holdsworth Hall, Rm. Lab 312B, Amherst, MA


University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dep. Environmental Conservation
William FulbrightScholarship

Faculty Advisor

Timothy Randhir


M.Sc. in Biology/ Ecology, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany/
Environmental Studies Certificate Program, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
B.Sc. in Biology, Universidad del Valle, Colombia
B.A. in Philosophy, Universidad del Valle, Colombia

Research Interests

My academic and professional experience, along with my growing up in a multicultural, biodiverse and developing country, has led me to gain awareness on the necessity of understanding more the broad spectrum of problems derives from the linkages between natural and social processes engaged in governance structures and conservation. My training in biology (ecology), philosophy (biopolitics) and environmental studies (environmental policy and justice), has afforded me the opportunity of incorporating these perspectives into research on water. Therefore, I am principally interested in contributing to strengthen the water governance in urban and rural zones, with a regional focus on Latin America.

Research Details

I am primarily concerned on the eco-social regeneration of urban and rural areas that are part of the Colombian post-conflict with the strengthening of water governance, studying mainly the hydrosocial cycle in local communities affected by the pollution and the policies that can support the water sovereignty in order to prevent the degradation of water bodies, loss of biodiversity and the detriment of local communities. Many wicked problems are pressing my area, but my interests mainly concern the following matters: How does the water domain play out in the relations between territory, nature, security, governance and society? What kind of hydrosocial cycles can be trace in different local communities affected by the pollution of water bodies generated principally from the geographical expansion of extractive sector in zones of conflicts? What kind of polices are needed to support participatory methods for water sovereignty to prevent the degradation of water bodies, loss of biodiversity, soil erosion and the detriment local communities? And what educational opportunities can be implemented in order to arrange early detection and response solutions to adequate water practices for strength local governance, stakeholders and communities? The issues of how to approach these questions become salient in my research, which involves the key ingredients in solving the wicked water conflicts that include working across organizational boundaries, citizens and stakeholders.